A large crowd gathered in Rathangan Bar for the launch of St Anne's GAA Club 24-hour Walkathon and Auction which is taking place on the August Bank Holiday with funds raised going towards the club's ambitious development plans.
Club Chairman Charlie White gave a detailed account of the two-year plan to build a handball/hurling alley with a viewing area, and a floodlit, fenced astro turf playing area with a high hurling wall. There are also plans to concrete both driveways and provide dugouts at the main playing pitch.
Walkathon committee members Diarmuid O'Keeffe and Liam Óg McGovern outlined details of the Walkathon which will consist of 30 teams of 16 who will walk consecutively over 24 hours around the club grounds.
The walk will feature different themes - fancy dress hour, charity hour and family hour. If the participants have any energy left it is hoped to get all 480 participants to walk the last hour together.
After the event there will be a massive auction of unique items from the sporting, cultural and entertainment world in Rathangan Bar, followed in turn by entertainment from local musicians.
Rathangan National School Principal Nicola Roche outlined how beneficial the proposed developments will be to the school and the community as a whole.
Speaking after the launch, Diarmuid O'Keeffe said that there are approximately 350 walkers already committed to taking part in the Walkathon and that he expects the target of 480 walkers will be reached very soon.